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Correctional Officer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Correctional Officers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K per year. Pay generally varies between $25K and $57K per year. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Correctional Officers survey respondents are men (71 percent). Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Correctional Officers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,962 - $61,247
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,257
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90%

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$10.80 - $22.68
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,962 - $61,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,709 - $57,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,020
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.80 - $22.68  
   
Overtime
$14.57 - $39.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$24,709 - $57,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 674

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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.

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Correctional Officer Tasks

  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.

Common Career Paths for Correctional Officer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Correctional Officers sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $55K per year. More often than not, a Corrections Officer role is the next step for Correctional Officers moving up in the field. Corrections Officers usually make $36K per year. Many other Correctional Officers choose to take on a Security Officer role, where salaries are typically $25K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Correctional Officer


Correctional Officers flock to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Florida Department of Corrections, and The GEO Group, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Correctional Officers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at NYSDocs, where the average salary comes to $59K. Correctional Officers will also find cushy salaries at Federal Bureau of Prisons (+$48K), Oregon Department of Corrections (+$47K), and Arizona Department of Corrections (+$41K).

Other low-paying employers include Georgia Department of Corrections at $27K and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at $31K, though some Correctional Officers there earn up to $46K.

Popular Skills for Correctional Officer


Survey results imply that Correctional Officers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance, Transport, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 21 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Oral / Verbal Communication tends to also indicate an understanding of Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Correctional Officers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $36K on average. Correctional Officers bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $47K.

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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 43%

Transport
up arrow 21%


People Management
up arrow 1%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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